Photographers often see the world in isolated moments, but
telling a story via a series of pictures can be incredibly
powerful. Learn to create a cohesive set of pictures with clear
intention, looking at shooting, editing, sequencing, and how to
utilise a powerful travel portfolio for competitions, selling
images or pairing with text.
Photographers often see the world in isolated moments, but telling a story via a series of pictures can be incredibly powerful. Many travel photographers, for example, treat individual images as though they are chapters in a book - fascinating in isolation, but contributing to the story as a whole. This technique has parallels with filmmaking. When we watch a movie we are introduced to the scene via an establishing shot (think John Ford and his grand vistas of Monument Valley) before moving on to more intimate pictures of the main subject (think extreme close-up of John Wayne's eyes prior to a gunfight). All of these techniques can be applied to stills photography.
Creating a cohesive set of pictures requires clear intention and we will be looking at everything from creating a shooting list to the execution of your pictures and, finally, the editing and sequencing of your work to create a powerful travel portfolio. Through a series of slideshows featuring some of the world's most successful travel photographers, short discussions, and practical exercises we will learn how to tell a story through stills photography. Once this has been determined we will look at what to do with your portfolio, from entering photographic competitions to selling work through stock agencies, and pairing text with images.
While we will be focusing on travel photography, the skills learnt on the course can equally be applied to other genres such as wedding photography, wildlife photography and garden photography.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Please note: A basic understanding of how your camera works is desirable, but controls can be left on full auto if preferred. We may be carrying out minor adjustments in Photoshop/Lightroom, so a basic understanding of this software is helpful, though not essential.
Tracy Hallett is a former editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, and currently works as Technique Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine. She has written various photography books, including Close-up & Macro Photography (which was recently translated into Chinese and French). Her work has been exhibited at The Photographers' Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London.